Foodie Friday: Earl Grey Brioche

Earl Grey brioche: bread flavored with Earl Grey tea A lot of Asian bakeries like to infuse tea into their pastries. Usually, there's a splash of matcha in a few items. This time around, though, I wanted to check out the Earl Grey offerings. I found the Earl Grey brioche. The bread was soft and thick. However, it wasn't the same fluffy texture of a classic brioche pastry. I really enjoyed the black striations of tea mixed in. There's something rich about the taste and scent of … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Green Tea Croissant

Green tea croissant: classic crescent bun with matcha cream inside It was between this or an almond croissant at the bakery. The cute matcha sprinkles won me over. I’ve tried breaded goodies with green tea before, but not in this form. A croissant is an exquisite European delicacy. What could go wrong? I think it is an inspired Frasian (perhaps I just made up that word = French-Asian) combo. Somehow the multiple layers of a croissant didn’t work with the cream, though. I think it has to … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday First: Kolaches

On my spring break trip, I discovered these pastry delights... Kolaches: Czech pastries They're soft, puffy dough pastries filled traditionally with sweet fixings. There were tons of bakeries selling these goodies around Texas. The more modern savory ones were stuffed with sausages or pulled pork. However, the tried-and-true types were dessert-like in taste. They remind me of danishes, but the outside layer isn't crumbly or flaky. It's a softer, pillow-like texture. Kolaches are great for … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday First: Red Bean Bread

Ate some fresh... Red bean bread: pastry stuffed with red bean filling I had my first taste of this Korean pastry. It's a fluffy bread that's very soft and tender, more pastry-like than a bagel consistency. Inside is red bean paste, a thick filling of the legumes. Not a very sugary bread, it's great when you're craving just a little bit of sweetness. … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Char Siu Sou

Char siu sou: BBQ pork pastry Need an alternate to chicken pot pie? Try char siu sou! It's a savory meat pie with flaky crust. Also, I love the juxtaposition of barbecued pork in it, which adds a slight sweetness to the mix. You can find these delicacies on your local dim sum cart! Try a cheater's version (her words, not mine) of the recipe here.  … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday First: Taiwanese Puff Dessert

Well, I'm back from my trip to Taiwan, and I got to try this sweet treat! Taiwanese puff dessert: hollow, sweet ball Okay, so I'm not exactly sure what the real name of the dessert is, but it's known for its poofy appearance. There is a hollow cavity, but it has a slight molasses filling that clings to the inside of the pastry. The outside has a subtle flaky texture that crumbles easily. It's not an overly sweet dessert, but there's the hint of sugar that makes you crave more.   … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Sesame Ball

Sesame ball: fried pastry coated with sesame seeds The jin deui is a type of Chinese pastry made from glutinous rice flour that’s shaped into a little sphere. It’s often found in dim sum eateries. Although it’s puffed up, the inside area of the ball is quite hollow, except for a smattering of sweetness. The filling is usually either lotus paste or sweet black bean. Cooking sesame balls requires intense concentration because you need to constantly turn the pastries to ensure the proper … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday First: Beignet

Ooh la la! I finally ate my first... Beignet: a French doughnut (French-American writer, Evelyne Holingue: This post is for you!) This deep-fried doughnut isn't like the typical American version. It's not spherical and doesn't have a hole in the middle. Instead, it's square-shaped and has a dusting of powdered sugar on top. People often eat it for breakfast, but I ate mine as a dessert. It's very sweet and hits the spot after a meal, especially when it's piping hot from the fryer! I've … [Read more...]